Team profile: Spain

Yet another chance to remove the tag of underachiever, the Spaniards will be happy with their Group H draw. The Spanish squad oozes with class, but a quarter final meeting with Brazil looms as they attempt to finally reach the semi finals.

    FIFA Ranking: 5

    Coach: Luis Aragones

    Key players: Raul Gonzalez, Xavi Hernandez, Carles Puyol

    World Cup record: 12th appearance

    Best finish: Fourth place 1950

    Last appearance: Quarterfinals 2002

    Qualifying route: Defeated Slovakia in European playoffs

    Key question: Can Spain finally have an achievement to match their hype and pedigree?

    Squad:

    Goalkeepers #
    Iker Casillas 1
    Santiago Canizares 19
    Pepe Reina 23
    Defenders
    Michel Salgado 2
    Mariano Pernia 3
    Carlos Marchena 4
    Carles Puyol 5
    Antonio Lopez 12
    Sergio Ramos 15
    Juanito 20
    Pablo Ibanez 22
    Midfielders
    David Albelda 6
    Xavi 8
    Jose Antonio Reyes 10
    Andres Iniesta 13
    Xabi Alonso 14
    Marcos Senna 16
    Joaquin 17
    Cesc Fabregas 18
    Forwards
    Raul 7
    Fernando Torres 9
    Luis Garcia 11
    David Villa 21

    Group matches:

    v Ukraine, 13:00 GMT, Wednesday 14th June - Leipzig

    v Tunisia, 19:00 GMT, Monday 19th June - Stuttgart

    v Saudi Arabia, 14:00 GMT, Friday 23rd June - Kaiserslautern

     

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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